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GREat Talk Medway: That Sinking Feeling; is Southern England Subsiding?

February 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This is a FREE talk by the Department of Engineering & Science at the University of Greenwich at Medway and is open to the public.  It takes place via zoom on Wednesday 10th February 18.00-20.00.

There is popular belief that Britain is tilting, with uplift in Scotland and subsidence in Southern England. With current global sea level rising at about 3mm per year due to ice melting and thermal expansion of the oceans in a warmer world, any land subsidence in Southern England will increase the relative rate of sea-level rise in the region. However the problem is much more complex, with several lines of evidence pointing to overall uplift rather than subsidence in Southern England during much of the Quaternary. The talk will start with an outline of commonly held views and then introduce evidence from river terrace sequences, marine interglacial sites and modern GPS studies which suggest the reality is much less clear.

Andrew Haggart graduated last century from St Andrews University with an MA in Geographical Studies and then went on to complete a PhD at Durham University. This doctoral research concentrated on sea level changes in north-east Scotland during the Holocene period. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at City of London Polytechnic investigating the history of the Caledonian pine forest in western Scotland. He has been a university lecturer for over 35 years and has continued to develop his teaching and research interests in environmental change, archaeology and latterly forensic geoscience.

The GREat Talks at Medway will be delivered online via Zoom. Details will be emailed to those registered to attend.  To register click here.


February 10, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


University of Greenwich
01634 883495
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